Brig. Ali Khan, a senior Pakistani officer accused of plotting with a shadowy militant organisation to take over the military. — File photo

KARACHI: The court martial proceedings of Brigadier Ali Khan, who was facing charges of having links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir, conspiring to topple the government, trying to instigate a mutiny within the army and planning an attack on the GHQ were completed on Tuesday.

The decision will be announced after approval of Chief of Army Staff.

The court martial’s proceedings against Ali started last year in December.

During the six-month long proceedings, five military officers recorded their testimonies from prosecutor’s side.

The officers said that the defendant, Ali, provoked them for mutiny against the civil leadership.

According to the rules and regulation, the military court will send its written verdict to the Corps Commander Gujranwala. Then it would be forwarded to the chief of Army staff before publicly announcing the verdict.

According to the military rules of business, this entire procedure could take from a few weeks time to several months.

If proven guilty, Brigadier Ali Khan could face the death sentence.

Hizbut Tahrir, which is banned in Pakistan as well as several other Muslim countries, professes non-violence and is not connected to terrorist groups like the Pakistani Taliban or al Qaeda. But the outfit makes no secret of its desire to penetrate the armies of Muslim countries, particularly Pakistan, and foment an “Islamic coup” to establish a global “caliphate.”

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